3M has supported WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars programme since its inception and is proud to once again sponsor the Science and Engineering category.
Now in their ninth year, the Rising Star awards are the first to focus on the achievements of women below senior management level, supporting the next generation of future leaders across a range of industries and professions.
The awards have so far put the spotlight on the achievements of more than 850 women through the programme that is run by WeAreTheCity - an online forum for professional women who want to progress in their careers, enhance their skills and build external networks.
For the 2023 awards, members of the public were invited to nominate an inspiring woman in any of the 20 industry categories before the closing date of 15 March. Nominations were also invited for the Company of the Year; the Rising Star Champion; the Men for Gender Balance award and the Global Award for Achievement.
The public will now vote for the shortlisted candidates and all the winners will be announced on 22 May.
3M North Europe STEM Champion, Sarah Chapman, presented the 2022 awards to the five winners in the Science and Engineering category at a celebration event held at the Pan Pacific hotel in London in July. She was also recognised at the event with a Rising Star in Education award.
Says Sarah: “Receiving a Rising Star award is a huge confidence boost and gives access to a wealth of careers support and networking opportunities. Putting a deserving candidate forward for a Rising Star award is a great way to showcase female talent and champion industry role models.”
3M’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lead for North Europe, Tina Monk, says: “Supporting the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects lies at the heart of 3M’s community programme in the UK. As a materials-science-based innovation company, we are particularly keen to encourage female students to consider STEM careers. We are therefore delighted to sponsor the Rising Stars in Science and Engineering category, helping to shine a light on role models who can inspire the next generation.”
The 2023 winners, Rising Star alumni, judges, sponsors and supporters will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in July.